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NEWS: Iqaluit May 15, 2018 - 7:59 am

Iqaluit pushes the start button on upgrade to Federal Road

Contractor to start preparing dilapidated road next week, repaving to start in July

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A worn-out stretch of Iqaluit's Federal Road, which will be repaved this summer. Work to prepare the road will start next week and repaving will start in July. The road will be reduced to one lane for the duration of the project. (FILE PHOTO)
A worn-out stretch of Iqaluit's Federal Road, which will be repaved this summer. Work to prepare the road will start next week and repaving will start in July. The road will be reduced to one lane for the duration of the project. (FILE PHOTO)
This map of Iqaluit shows the stretch of Federal Road set to be paved this summer, marked in yellow. (IMAGE COURTESY OF CITY OF IQALUIT)
This map of Iqaluit shows the stretch of Federal Road set to be paved this summer, marked in yellow. (IMAGE COURTESY OF CITY OF IQALUIT)

It may be pothole season in Nunavut, but Iqaluit residents can look forward to at least one newly-paved stretch of road by the end of the summer.

The City of Iqaluit announced that a long-awaited upgrade to Federal Road will get started next week. This will see a stretch of the airport road paved from Qaqqamiut Road to Ikaluktuutiak Drive.

The city will use money from the federal government’s gas tax fund to help foot most of the bill for the $2.5 million upgrade, which will be done by Kudlik Construction Ltd.

City councillors voted to approve the project last September. The original winning bid came in at around $3.8 million, exceeding the amount of money the city expected to get through the gas tax fund.

Councillors approved the road upgrade after they whittled the price down to $2.5 million.

Federal Road has been deteriorating for years, but after 2013, when the Government of Nunavut announced plans to build a new airport terminal in Iqaluit at a location accessible only by that road, its dilapidated state became a serious issue.

Constant use and poor drainage have worn away large swaths of asphalt from Federal Road and it suffers from multiple potholes and other structural failures. Parts of it are indistinguishable from the surrounding ditches.

At the same time, it’s the first part of Iqaluit that new visitors get to see.

“Paving this area of Federal Road will improve drivability, reduce annual maintenance costs, as well as help enhance a positive image of the city, especially for visitors arriving from our international airport,” Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern said in a May 14 release.

Starting May 21, crews remove old pavement from the section of road that will be upgraded, with paving set to begin during the second week of July.

The city will temporarily convert the affected roadway to one lane for the duration of the construction period.

The Government of Nunavut oversaw the design work for the project, the city said.

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(11) Comments:

#1. Posted by Taxpayer on May 15, 2018

Is it true that when the airport was being built the company offered to pave the federal road for just over a million dollars? Now we are paying 2.5!

I don’t see the logic here. It’s no wonder the city can never afford anything.

#2. Posted by randy on May 15, 2018

why keep paving. use rip-rap. its smaller size crushed rock. lay it down and roller it, that is compress it. every year add a layer and roll it. resilient under all weather conditions. lasts forever. no pot holes. railways use same process for main line traffic.

#3. Posted by Andy on May 15, 2018

It would make sense to pave the Ikaluktutiak road as well, wouldn’t it

#4. Posted by Keep Going on May 15, 2018

That’s not too bad. $2.5.  Let’s keep going! Let’s also do future funding applications for Niaqunnugsiaq Road to Apex and Plateau and other areas around Iqaluit.

What a glimmer of hope this project is for Iqaluit. Let’s build on it.

#5. Posted by Paul Murphy on May 15, 2018

# 1 this was not a hamlet funded project but from funding provided for infrastructure by the Feds.

I would hope that the project application had the foresight to include sidewalks along Federal Road??  Why do I think otherwise?

#6. Posted by Deputy Bad News Bear on May 15, 2018

How come the Deputy Mayor gets to talk about all of the negative news and the shMayor jumps on the good news stories?

#7. Posted by lolz on May 16, 2018

#6 there are two trains of thought on that

1. she is almost never in town
2. she is running for mp in next election

Both are right lol

#8. Posted by eskimo joe on May 16, 2018

if she running for liberals at the next general election, vote for “anyone but liberals”. confused identities ain’t good.

#9. Posted by Taxpayer on May 16, 2018

#5 still it would of cost less, the city should buy the equipment and train its road crew how to use it and they could pave the roads each summer while on the job, instead of these over priced contracts.

#10. Posted by Peter on May 16, 2018

#7 I really hope someone else will be running, with how she has proven herself I would not vote for her!

#11. Posted by Mark on May 16, 2018

The deputy mayor has shown more leadership, he is the one making most of the announcements, he seems to be doing most of the work than the mayor. He should run for mayor next time.

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